Love on Paper | Newberry

Love on Paper

"Valentine Greetings: On Time to See My Valentine," circa 1940s. Andrew McNally III Collection.

“Valentine Greetings: On Time to See My Valentine,” circa 1940s. Andrew McNally III Collection.

Love comes in all shapes and sizes, spanning the centuries and the globe – especially when expressed on paper. That’s precisely why this online exhibition displays such an eclectic array of collection items, ranging from proclamations and pictures to cynical put-downs and comical send-ups of love. Love on Paper features handwritten notes and mass-produced cards; Valentine verses and anti-love tableaux; tender confessions and graphic revelations of platonic, heterosexual, and same-sex adoration. This variety amounts to a statement not only about love, but about paper’s capacity to convey otherwise inexpressible feelings.

Publication date 

2015